Job ID:  28182

Position No:  00046086

Anticipated Start Date:  January 1, 2018





Advances the Open Scholarship portfolio at the University of British Columbia, with a focus on initiatives that will launch on the Okanagan campus. Open Scholarship aims to promote reproducibility and integrity in research and to increase its quality through robust replicable methods and clear, transparent, and open reporting.

Provides reference and information services to faculty, students and other users in UBC’s Okanagan campus Library.  Assumes responsibility for designated subject areas and liaison with assigned departments.  Provides web-based and classroom instruction and assistance in use of information resources.  Plans and implements services that respond to needs of users in UBC’s Okanagan campus Library.  Participates in the development of Library policy, procedures and services.  Assumes responsibility for coordination and management of staff, services and projects, as required.  Evening and weekend work may be required.  The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other Library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.  Evening and weekend work will be required. The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other Library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.



  • Required: A graduate degree from an accredited school of Library, Archival and Information Science; knowledge of library systems and applications; demonstrated competencies in reference and instructional methodologies in an academic, or research setting, with an emphasis on evidence based practice; excellent organizational and analytical skills; excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate at a distance; proven ability to work well independently and within large and complex teams; commitment to developing professional knowledge and skills on a continuing basis. Some weekend and evening work may be required.
  • Preferred: Academic library experience; a background working in science librarianship and with emerging technologies; e-resource acquisition; knowledge of Open Science and Open Scholarship more broadly, including tools that support its effective implementation.



Reports to the Associate Chief Librarian at UBC’s Okanagan campus Library.  Coordinates activities with other librarians at UBC’s Okanagan campus and collaborates with librarians throughout the UBC Library.  May be requested to act on behalf of the Associate Chief Librarian at UBC’s Okanagan campus Library. Works closely with colleagues in other units within UBC.  Works with faculty, students, staff and the public.



Open Scholarship:

  1. Coordinates and provides support for Open Scholarship educational initiatives.
  2. Engages in outreach activities across both campuses, as well as with professional and scholarly associations, and with national and international colleagues and organizations promoting Open Scholarship strategies.
  3. Assists in the support and development of tools and infrastructure to further UBC’s goals in the area of Open Scholarship.
  4. Serves as a member of UBC’s Open Science Task Force and chairs two related working groups.
  5. Consults with stakeholders to define, implement, and assess 2-3 additional strategic and scalable projects relating to Open Scholarship.

Reference and Research Services:

  1. Provides reference and research services to UBC’s Okanagan campus students, staff and faculty members as well as collaborates with UBC’s Vancouver campus Librarians to provide services to all UBC faculty, staff and students and members of the public, as required.
  2. Provides training and back-up for Library Services Assistants.
  3. Works with other staff to develop and maintain the UBC’s Okanagan Campus Library presence on the UBC Library web pages and throughout UBC, as appropriate.
  4. As the librarian responsible for particular subjects, advises and assists in difficult or extensive searches in these areas. Employs the full range of Internet, electronic and print resources, as required.

Teaching and Orientation:

  1. Teaches classes in the use of the Library’s resources, including the Library’s catalogue, print resources and e-resources. May also provide instruction in the use of software that assists users in managing the results of their information retrieval process.
  2. Undertakes specialized instructional programs and workshops including planning, designing and organizing and using various formats for presentation.
  3. Participates in orientation tours and Library-use instruction programs.
  4. Prepares handouts, research guides and informational brochures in collaboration with UBC’s Vancouver campus Library.
  5. Provides instruction/presentations to faculty, students, and community members (in the Library, online and in the faculty departments).

Faculty Liaison:

  1. Initiates and maintains contact with faculty in assigned departments.
  2. Liaises with faculty on issues of copyright, collection development and management, and on issues related to properly archiving research outputs.
  3. Works with faculty on the development and delivery of information and research modules, services and courses or workshops and course readings for students at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
  4. Attends faculty meetings and events and participates in faculty committees in designated subject areas as appropriate.
  5. Responds to requests from faculty for Library involvement in accreditation, new course proposals, etc., in consultation with the Associate Chief Librarian.

Collection Development and Management:

  1. Responsible for the selection of new resources in designated subject areas for the Library at UBC’s Okanagan campus in consultation with other UBC Librarians and departmental representatives.
  2. Participates in the development and application of criteria for the review of electronic subscriptions, transfer of print materials to storage and for weeding.
  3. In consultation with other UBC Librarians, participates in the evaluation of potential gifts-in-kind to the Library at UBC’s Okanagan campus.
  4. Participates in the monitoring and maintenance of UBC’s Okanagan campus Library reference collection.

Supervision and Administration:

  1. May be required to supervise staff.
  2. May be required to act as Associate Chief Librarian in their absence.
  3. May be required to develop and manage budgets related to their assigned responsibilities.

Library Liaison:

  1. Represents the UBC Okanagan campus Library on Library committees, working groups and task forces.
  2. Liaises with Librarians in other areas of the UBC Library system.
  3. Maintains an awareness of new literature and research developments in areas of specialization and emerging trends in academic libraries.
  4. Keeps abreast of developments in public services across UBC Library and more widely.

Other Activities:

  1. Identifies best practices and implements as appropriate.
  2. Participates in professional and university-wide initiatives.
  3. Seeks funding opportunities and completes grant applications within UBC’s Okanagan campus Library portfolio and in collaboration with UBC’s Vancouver campus as appropriate.
  4. Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Provision of competent, professional library services.
  • Effective, co-operative working relationships with support staff, colleagues and management at UBC’s Okanagan campus and, more generally, across UBC.
  • Flexible, innovative approaches to problem solving.
  • Effective focus on important issues and demonstrated ability to balance a multitude of responsibilities.
  • Current knowledge of Library policies, practices and procedures and appropriate interpretation of these to staff and users.
  • Effective application of current developments in information resources.


To apply for this position, please visit the Faculty Careers page (Job ID 28182) by 11:59 p.m. on December 8.


Please direct your questions to:

Lois Marshall

Manager, Planning and Operations | Library

The University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus

3333 University Way, Kelowna, BC  V1V 1V7

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UPDATE! Science Direct is tweeting that the issue is resolved. If you are still having problems:

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Many thanks to guest blogger Ashlynn Prasad for contributing the below post! Ashlynn is a graduate student at UBC’s School School of Library, Archival and Information Studies and the curator of our new exhibition of photographs from the Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs.

When I first began perusing the Uno Langmann Family Collection of B.C. Photographs, which is available for public viewing in Rare Books and Special Collections in the Irving K. Barber Learning Center, and digital copies of which can be found online, I approached the photographs with the awareness that many of them were between 100 and 150 years old, and I therefore began the project with the expectation of finding photographic evidence of how much British Columbian scenery and landmarks have changed in the past century, after rapid advancements in technology as well as continuing urban development.

While I did find evidence of change, I was surprised to also find that many of the landmarks closely associated with British Columbia have varied very little in appearance in the past century. I got the sense while looking through the photographs that certain images, though they were taken up to 150 years ago in some cases, could have been taken a mere few days ago. With this in mind, I designed the exhibition in the spirit of a before-and-after, except that instead of juxtaposing new images with old images, I juxtaposed turn-of-the-century images with each other, showing on the one hand images which seem dated (from a modern observer’s perspective) and on the other hand images that look quite familiar. For a more traditional before-and-after comparison, please see below for contemporary versions of the scenes depicted in the exhibition.

Something else that I tried to keep in mind during the curation of this exhibition was the audience to which the photographs would likely be exposed while on display in Ike’s Café. On a personal note, I was born in the lower mainland and spent the earlier half of my life here, before moving to the United States and spending the latter half there. Because of this, I found myself tangentially familiar with a lot of the names I encountered during the curation of the exhibition, and in some instances the scenes in the images themselves were also intimately familiar to me. However, having been away for so long, I also had to do quite a bit of Google Maps searching of place names that would likely be extremely familiar to someone who had spent their entire life here.

I tried to keep in mind that the individuals coming through the café will have varying levels of familiarity with British Columbian landmarks – some will know them well, some will be experiencing them for the first time, and many will fall somewhere in between. I tried to curate an exhibition that could appeal to people at any position on the spectrum by showcasing landmarks that are generally quite well known, and which a large majority of people – even if they’re completely new to the area – will at least have heard of, such as Stanley Park or Fraser River. This way, the exhibition is ostensibly capable of drawing an emotional response from almost anyone, whether that’s the curiosity and nostalgia of seeing a turn-of-the-century version of a place one knows very well, or whether that’s a piqued interest in a place one has never seen before. For at least some of the photographs, I hope we can all enjoy the intrigue of noticing how much has changed in the last 100 years, and perhaps even more so, how much has not.

– Ashlynn Prasad, Exhibition Curator and MAS/MLIS Candidate at the University of British Columbia


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